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Martyn Ellis is Wicked's new Wizard

Martyn Ellis. Photo credit: Matt Crockett

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THE FIRST pictures of Martyn Ellis as Wicked’s new Wizard have been released.

For his performance as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Michael Grandage’s acclaimed production of Guys and Dolls with Ewan McGregor at the Piccadilly Theatre, Martyn Ellis received a Whatsonstage Award.

More recently, he starred as Harry Dangle in Nicholas Hytner’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre/West End/Broadway) and Alfred P. Doolittle in Daniel Evans’ production of My Fair Lady with Dominic West and Carly Bawden (Sheffield Crucible).

His other major theatre roles include Pumbaa in Disney’s The Lion King (original London cast, directed by Julie Taymor); Hermann Preysing in Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse, directed by Michael Grandage) and Thenardier in Les Misérables.

On television, he played Friar Tuck in 52 episodes of The New Adventures of Robin Hood (Warner Bros. International Television) and will shortly be seen as Big Al in the new Sky 1 drama series The Smoke.

Wicked currently stars Willemijn Verkaik (as Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Paul Clarkson (Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Emma Hatton (Standby Elphaba) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby Glinda).

Acclaimed as “a magical mystery tour through the fantasy land of Oz” (London Evening Standard), the London production of Wicked has already been seen by over 5.5 million people since its premiere in September 2006. While continuing its open-ended West End run, which is now booking into its 9th year, a spectacular new production is also breaking Box Office records around the UK and opens at Wales Millennium Centre on March 12, 2014.

Wicked has music and lyrics by multi GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello.

Based on the acclaimed novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, Wicked has won over 90 international awards.

Wicked spearheads and supports a range of good causes born out of the themes of the award-winning musical. Discover more at www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/forgood.

Wicked is currently booking at the Apollo Victoria Theatre until April 25, 2015.